Canaan Dog

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Breed Group: Herding
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An ancient breed, the Canaan Dog originated in the Middle East in 2200 B.C. They were used to herd and guard for the Israelites. This breed was also used extensively during and after WWII for guarding, tracking, and patrol. Today the Canaan Dog still performs these duties. Once a rare breed they are now firmly established in Israel, Western Europe, England, and the United States.
The Canaan Dog is well balanced, strong, and of medium-size. This elegant breed is extremely resilient and possesses endurance and stamina. They are agile, athletic, and hard working. They have keenly developed senses of smell and hearing which enables them to become instantly alert to danger.
Considered to be a Primitive breed, the Canaan Dog is highly intelligent, loyal, and deeply devoted. They have a strong tendency to become overly attached to their family, and are exceedingly suspicious and wary of strangers. They make good guard dogs but do bark excessively. This breed does not do well if left alone for extended periods of time. They do best in a home with older considerate children. The Canaan Dog is not suited for a home that has a same gender dog, cats, or other small household pets. Due to their herding heritage they will attempt to perform this task on anything and everything that moves. The Canaan Dog is not recommended for the novice, apathetic, or sedentary owner.
This breed is virtually maintenance free. Once a week brushing will suffice; with extra care given during seasonal shedding. Bathing or dry shampooing should be done when necessary. The Canaan Dog is prone to such health issues as patella luxation, eye problems, hip and elbow dysplasia, and hypothyroidism.
The Canaan Dog is a double coat breed. The outer coat is harsh, straight, flat, and short. The under coat is soft and dense. The color of the coat comes in two distinct patterns: white with mash, and solid colored with or without white trim. Solid coat colors range from black, sandy, red, liver, and all shades of brown. This breed is a seasonal heavy shedder.
It is vitally important to remember that the Canaan Dog is a primitive breed. They are slow to mature, independent, and stubborn. This breed requires an experienced owner and trainer. Early socialization and obedience are an absolute must. Canaan Dogs will not respond to harsh or heavy-handed methods but does need to be shown who is dominant. Training must be done with firmness, respect, fairness, patience, and consistency. They are easily bored with repetition.
The Canaan Dog requires an inordinate amount of strenuous physical exercise as well as mental stimulation. They greatly benefit from working, herding, and family play sessions. This breed makes an excellent walking, jogging, and hiking companion. They do best in a home with a large safely fenced area where they are able to romp and run freely. Canaan Dogs will do okay in an apartment provided they are given sufficient exercise, attention, and stimulation.
Male: 45-55; Female: 35-45 lbs
Male: 20-24; Female: 19-23 inches
may be either predominantly white with mask with or without additional color patches, or solid color with or without white trim.
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Annual cost of owning a Canaan Dog puppy

Before buying a puppy it is important to understand the associated costs of owning a dog. The annual cost or "upkeep" is often overlooked when determining a Canaan Dogs true ownership cost. When calculating your budget make sure you account for the price of food, vaccines, heartworm, deworming, flea control, vet bills, spay/neuter fees, grooming, dental care, food, training and supplies such as a collar, leash, crate, bed, bowls, bones, and toys. All of these items can add up quickly so make sure you estimate anywhere from $500 - $2,000 or more for the first year then about $500 - $1,000 or more every year thereafter to meet the annual financial obligations of your growing, loving dog.

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Anonymous asked:
Are Canaan dogs good with children?

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The Canaan dog is not known to be good with small children, ie; children under 10 years old. The Canaan dog has a high prey drive and they do not tend to enjoy the heavy petting or squealing of children at play. But a dog can be well with older, more dog-experienced children as long as the children are supervised and the dog is brought up with them as a puppy.

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Are Canaan Dog's hypoallergenic?

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No, Canaan Dog's are not hypoallergenic. They are double coated dogs and will shed. Most people who have allergies to dogs are reacting to the saliva, not the coat. There are some breeders who make the false claim dogs like this are hypoallergenic but it is just a sales gimmick.

Anonymous asked:
I have rescued a Canaan Dog and wonder if he will calm down, quit chewing up stuff or is this. I have rescued a Canaan Dog and wonder if he will calm down, quit chewing up stuff or is this breed difficult to train. He is approx. 18 months old (at least the vet thinks so).

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Since the Canaan dog is a primitive working breed, they may be more of a challenge to train. That is not because they are not intelligent, but because they can think for themselves and need plenty to keep them occupied. It would be good to work with an experienced behaviorist, as opposed to basic dog trainer. You can learn various things to do with the dog to use up his energy, keep his mind engaged, and also prevent him from learning more bad habits. Some of these dogs may be energetic all their lives, as it goes with their working dog heritage.

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I'm not sure if My dog is a Cannan Dog. Right now, he is a puppy, so its really hard to tell if it would grow up looking like the image above or something else. I can send you some images of it to your email if you want.



Purebred Canaan Dogs are very rare, so unless you got your puppy from a good breeder, it is not likely to be one. You are not going to just find a Canaan Dog puppy in a shelter or rescue, or a back yard breeder, or as a stray.


That is not true, I found a purebred Canaan Dog at a shelter. She had run away from home and went 40 or so miles before she was gotten. So don't say never.

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I believe I have a Canaan dog, except he is gray and light tan, he doesn't really run, he hops with his rear end in the air, he is about a yr old, always excited, and ready to go. Why does he run like this and is he a Canaan or not.



Since Canaan dogs are so rare in the US, it is not likely you got one and didn't know. They would have to come from a breeder and there are only a handful of Canaan dog breeders in the country. It is hard to say why he runs like that but my first guess is he may have hip problems. I would definitely have him checked by the vet.


What he said is true about the canaan dog being a rare breed. But my mother rescued one when I was 15. She was lost and walking around a parkinglot on Christmas Eve. She was about 2 years old at the time. The best dog we have ever had! She had hip problems that caused her runing look odd. She was solid black with a little white on her neck. You might have a mix if it is grey. But enjoy your Canaan! Very rare and loyal dog.

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Updated: 7/2/2022